P-Platers among ACT’s worst speeders on ANZAC long weekend

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ACT Policing is dismayed by the behaviour displayed by some drivers on the weekend, with several motorists set to lose their licences for speeding and drink driving offences.

Across the four days where double demerits were in effect, ACT Policing detected 8 drug-drivers, 2 drink-drivers and 50 drivers speeding, including 10 at more than 30 km/h over the speed limit.

One of the first high-range speeding drivers observed was a 17-year-old provisional licence holder driving at 136km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Majura Parkway on Saturday night (25 April 2021).

Other drivers stopped by police included:

  • A 32-year-old man holding a probationary licence was detected driving at 150km/h, 90km/h in excess of the posted 60km/h limit on Baldwin Drive, Kaleen about 12.30pm Monday (26 April 2021). This driver had regained his licence in March 2021, having served a 6-month disqualification for drink-driving.
  • A 19-year-old man on a provisional licence detected driving at 138km/h in the 80km/h zone on Adelaide Avenue about 9.30pm Monday (26 April 2021).
  • A 29-year-old woman registered a blood alcohol content of .228, more than four and a half times the legal .05 limit. This driver was detected by police after she was observed driving on Jim Pike Avenue, Gordon with no headlights on about 10.40pm Sunday (25 April 2021).

The speeding drivers will both be fined $1841 and will each accrue twelve demerit points, meaning they will both lose their licences for a minimum three-month period.

The drink-driver will face court by summons on 22 July 2021.

ACT Road Policing Acting Sergeant Andrew McKellar said the generally good driver behaviour on the long weekend was undermined by a few drivers doing the wrong thing.

“While the Anzac Day long weekend was, for many, a period for quiet reflection of past sacrifices, for a few people it was a chance to be selfish and put lives in danger on our roads,” Acting Sergeant McKellar said.

“It’s a handful of drivers, but these readings almost defy belief. There’s no way this behaviour can be accidental, it’s deliberate, and could almost be described as wilfully dangerous.

“Most drivers, on their P-plates or otherwise, do the right thing, but if you know someone who speeds or chooses to drive while under the influence, speak to them about it. The life that conversation might save could be yours.”

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